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Circular Economy and Supply Chain Sustainability

A responsible, resilient supply chain supports our ability to transition from a linear to a circular economy.

Where business intersects

Making the world a better place with technology begins with how we design, make, use, and reuse that technology. This commitment is core to our desire to power an inclusive future.

Supply chain sustainability

A responsibly managed supply chain upholds human rights and promotes worker health and well-being. Cisco works to minimize negative environmental impacts and collaborates to promote healthy ecosystems.

Circular economy

Our holistic approach extends from how we design, build, and deliver products, to how we value the assets we have and turn them into new products. We also apply Cisco technology to support our customers in their own circular transformations.

Measurable impact

We have set ambitious goals and committed the necessary resources to make meaningful progress in reducing our environmental impact and accelerating our contributions to a circular economy.


100 percent of new Cisco products and packaging to incorporate circular design principles by FY25


20 percent decrease in the use of virgin plastic by FY25 (FY18 base year)


30 percent absolute reduction in Cisco supply chain-related Scope 3 GHG emissions by FY30 (FY19 base year)


70 percent of Cisco component and manufacturing suppliers by spend will achieve a zero-waste diversion rate at one or more sites by FY25


50 percent improvement in product packaging cube efficiency by FY25 (FY19 base year)


75 percent reduction in Cisco packaging foam use, measured by weight, by FY25 (FY19 base year)

People Behind CSR at Cisco

Supply chain sustainability is an essential element in Cisco's purpose to power an inclusive future for all where everyone can thrive.

Simple, secure, and sustainabile product returns

Product Takeback and Reuse

This program lets Cisco equipment owners return hardware that has reached end-of-use at no cost.

Cisco Returns Portal

Our returns portal offers a step-by-step process detailing how to find the right return program and complete returns at any stage.

Cisco Refresh

Cisco Refresh is a cost-effective, sustainable way to leverage Cisco products. Products are fully remanufactured and certified. Critical upgrades are completed and all equipment is under standard warranty. 

Environmental sustainability

Sustainability and protecting the environment are Cisco priorities. Reducing energy use and GHG emissions from our direct operations and increasing product energy efficiency are of high importance.

2020 CSR Impact Report and ESG Hub

Cisco is putting people, technology, and resources to work in service of an inclusive future where technology gives everyone the tools to thrive. Visit our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Hub.